Egypt: Animals feeling the decline in tourism
From: Jake Warga
Talking, in Arabic, with the animals in Egypt. Specifically animals out of work because their country had a revolution and their main clients, tourists, have been not been visiting in the same numbers as they used too. Have you ever heard a donkey protesting?
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[JW] Tourism WAS one of the largest industries in Egypt, employing 15million people directly and indirectly, which generated 14billiion dollars in revenue, %11 of GDP. But that was last year...after the revolution, numbers of visitors are way down, close to %50 in some areas,
[AH] And I think there is noting more magnificent than the great pyramid of the Giza plateau. It is the only surviving wonder of the ancient world.
[JW] This is my guide and trained Egyptologist, Ahmed, we’re at the postcard-famous Giza Pyramids,
[AH] Listen to this: it is made up of 2.5million pieces of limestone...
[JW] As I listen, I notice more touts than tourists. Touts are the people trying to sell you the modern spoils of travel: souvenirs—plastic pyramids, photos next to their camels, papyrus... Normally they’re not allowed inside the park, but there’s no tourist police to stop them,
[AH] Before, th...
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